September 18, 2014

Dale A. Klappenbach, age 71, passed away unexpectedly of heart failure on Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014.

Dale was born in Lewiston and graduated from Lewiston High School in 1961. He graduated from the University of Idaho in 1966 with a bachelor’s degree in architecture. He moved to Seattle, where he began his long career as an architect. He opened his own firm, Klappenbach Architects, in 1987. During this time he worked on hundreds of projects involving the design and construction of school facilities in the state of Washington.

Dale was a longtime resident of Mercer Island, Wash., and recently moved to Snoqualmie Ridge, Wash., with his wife, Carol. He is also survived by his mother, Edna; his brother, Karl; his sister, Frances and their families of Lewiston; his son, Joel; daughter-in-law Becky; and three grandchildren, Oscar, Eli and Ruby of Sudbury, Mass.; his daughter, Kristine Drango; son-in-law Bart; and two granddaughters, Lexie and Molly of Snoqualmie, Wash.

He loved his family and his work as an architect and brightened our days with his love and good humor. A private family celebration of life was held in Lewiston.

In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to Seattle King County Habitat for Humanity, the American Heart Association or a charity of choice.